Let’s Encrypt, a free (as in beer) SSL certificate provider, has recently gone into public beta. I obviously had to try it out, since I’ve never used anything but self-signed SSL certs before. This web site runs on NginX, and Let’s Encrypt is currently mainly targetting Apache, which means I had to manually configure some configuration files and such.
I am very new to SSL in general, so it took me a little while to get it up and running correctly, but I now have an almost acceptable setup running. I messed up a little, though, so the “www” subdomain is currently not supported. During the public beta, an SSL cert for a certain domain name can only be created 5 times in 7 days, and I managed to hit the limit as I was experimenting around. I’ll see if I can fix it next week!
Encryption is important, kids. Stay safe!